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Trooping The Colour

troopingHave you ever sat and watched this annual event live as it is happening?

Have you ever wondered what it is all about?

No, neither have I!  I did, though, catch some of the ‘highlights’ on Saturday night (more on that later!) and it raised a thought.

However, before I share my thought with you, here is a brief history on the Trooping The Colour event (courtesy of The Official Website Of The British Monarchy):

This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century (or earlier), when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or ‘trooped’) down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

Since 1748, this parade has also marked the Sovereign’s official birthday.  From the reign of Edward VII onwards, the Sovereign has taken the salute in person at Trooping the Colour.

During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops.

After the massed bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.

The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.

The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais.  The troops then return to barracks.

Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.

The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.

So, now you know!

Meanwhile, back to the thought which popped into my mind.

Whilst She Who Must Be Obeyed and I were watching the highlights on the television on Saturday night (what exciting lives we lead!) I couldn’t help but think of a very popular boy band from the 1970s.  Now I bet you are wondering where I am going with this, but if you are of a certain age, you may already be ahead of me.

The boy band was, of course, the Bay City Rollers.  They were from Scotland and used to wear tartan.  For those of you who have never heard of them, here is a picture:


Can you see why I thought of them during the Trooping The Colour highlights?


How about now?


Oddly enough, they were not the only tartan wearing Scottish ‘boy’ band to have chart success in the 1970s.  Anyone remember the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and their number one hit “Amazing Grace”?

Showing my age again!